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Music for social innovation: Stanford Thompson at TEDxLMSD

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Published on Jun 25, 2012

Stanford Thompson is a musician and educator who is passionate about using music for social innovation and serves as the CEO for the El Sistema-inspired program, Play On, Philly! As a trumpeter, Thompson has performed and soloed with major orchestras around the world while actively performing chamber music and jazz. As a conductor and educator, Stanford has served as clinician for the Music In Charter Schools annual festival and Philadelphia All-City Brass Symposium. He has served on faculty for the Atlanta Academy of Music and Symphony in C Summer Music Camp.

For El Sistema-inspired programs he has designed and consulted, Stanford has secured more than $2 million in funding which has led to the impact of thousands of children around the world. He serves on the board of the American Composers Forum Philadelphia Chapter and has been recognized as one of Philadelphia's "Top 76 Creative Connectors."

Thompson is a native of Atlanta, GA and holds degrees from The Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory's Abreu Fellows Program.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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